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Confusion Trails Ohaji Egbema APGA AS Members Threaten Parallel Excos, Accuse Iwuala Of Marginalization

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The members of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Ohaji in Ohaji/Egbema  Local Government Area, lmo State last weekend sent out strong words to the leadership of the party at the State over what they termed marginalization, gross neglect, and unequal distribution of positions between the two communities that made up the LGA.

They accused the John Iwuala led state executive of favoring APGA members of Egbema extraction while leaving Ohaji members in the cold.

They insisted that as far as the LGA is concerned, Egbema is in the minority having 5 wards while Ohaji has 7 wards.

The Ohaji APGA members who were represented by the leaders and stakeholders drawn from the 7wards of Ohaji unanimously resolved to form a parallel LGA executive and as well boycott any meeting that would be called by the present LGA executive if no drastic step is taken to right the wrongs meted to Ohaji APGA faithful.

Addressing the Representatives from the various wards in his country home, Umuokanne, the immediate past Ohaji/Egbema  APGA LGA Chairman, Hon Vincent Mary Ihejieto Oguzie bemoan the way members of APGA Ohaji  has been sidelined in the day to day running of APGA affairs at the LGA despite their enormous contributions to the good of the party.

He alleged that the state Exco imposed a non-card carrying member of the party Mr. Obinna Anele, yet from Egbema on them as the LGA party chairman” this man was expelled from the party by the then State  Chairman Bar  Ezeobi due to anti _party activities. The Secretary also hails from Egbema”.

The immediate past Chairman insisted that before now, there is a well-articulated, unanimous agreed to share formula  and rules  for various executive LGA party positions”for example ,if Ohaji produces the Chairman, Egbema will produce the secretaries it is with other positions in the party”.

He accused the state leadership of ceeding all the positions except LGA youth leader to Egbema.

“To add salt to injury, the only  State Executive member, from the LGA, Lady Joy Nwabumere is also from Egbema’he lamented.

According to him, electoral statistics shows that Ohaji has something to bring to the table as far as elections are concerned”out of the 154 polling units in the LGA, Ohaji has 101 while Egbema has 53.in 2019Ohaji recorded 71,2097 registered voters while Egbema had 31,8031, registered voters “

Therefore, he called  on the leadership of the party at the State to look into their grievances, have a rethink and correct the ills being meted out to his people now else they will form an interim APGA Ohaji LGA we have all it takes to have our own APGA executive in our locality, the State Exco is not being fair on my people”.

Adding their voices, the LGA Youth leader, Hon Darlyton Ihueze maintained that APGA Ohaji has made several moves to show their grievances and the lopsidedness both to the Orlu  Zonal chairman and to the State Executives, all to no avail, he opined that a house divided against itself can never stand.

Others who made their feelings known were the Youth leader Ekwuato ward, Henry Ejiogu, Ward Chairman Ohuba Nwarie Moses and Izunwanne Nwamadi from Mgbirichi Ekweato ward,who said politics is a game of numbers and a team work not a clannish kind of meeting.

They boasted that a typical Ohaji man he believes in lgbo ideology which is what APGA as a party stands for, hence Ohaji is intact for APGA.

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Farmers/Herders clash: “pass anti-grazing bill”, SDP advises state government.

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The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has advised State governments to pass the Anti-Grazing Bill into Law to tackle the constant farmers/herders conflicts across Nigeria.

The Party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr Alfa Mohammed, gave the advice in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday.

Also he urged the state governors to set up Ministries of Internal Security and Conflict Resolution to deal with the activities of aliens in states.

In his words, “It is high time the [governors] start taking bold steps toward securing the lives of their citizens who are being kidnapped, raped, maimed or killed on a daily basis by marauding Fulani herdsmen who are mostly foreigners.

“The governors must remind themselves that the 1999 Constitution makes security and welfare of the people the primary purpose of their governments and confers upon them Chief security officers of their various states.

“This makes them accountable for security lapses suffered by their subjects in their various states.”

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Mohammed also added, “The Governors’ Forum should set up an investigative panel to investigate, among other things those who are responsible for the unrestrained influx of foreign bandits and herdsmen into Nigeria in the last 6 years.

“So that any ethnic leader who’s found to be aiding criminality among his people can be replaced and prosecuted.”

Mohammed also lauded state governments who have taken bold steps to establish their local security outfits and pass the Anti-Open Grazing Bill.

Recall that some states, for instance Oyo and Benue, have passed the Bill into law already.

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CBN lending rate still at 11.5%

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The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele has disclosed that CBN will retain her Monetary Policy Rate at 11.5 per cent.

This was disclosed in Abuja, after a two-day meeting held by the Monetary Policy Committee on Tuesday.

It also retained the Cash Reserve Ratio – CRR and Liquidity Ratio – LR at 27.5 percent and 30 percent respectively.

These rates are the rates the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) maintained at its last meeting in November, 2020

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Buhari appoints new Service Chief – Femi Adesina

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Following the clamour to replace the Service chiefs that had been appointed by the president since 2015, The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) has responded by accepting the resignation of the service chiefs.

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This was disclosed in a statement titled, ‘President Buhari appoints new service chiefs, read by the Special adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

It read, “President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the immediate resignation of the Service Chiefs, and their retirement from service“.

Those involved are:

  1. Chief of Defence  –  Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin
  2. Chief of Army Staff – Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai
  3. Chief of Naval Staff – Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas
  4. Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

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The new Service chiefs are:

  1. Major-General Leo Irabor –  Chief of Defence Staff
  2. Major-General I. Attahiru – Chief of Army Staff
  3. Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo – Chief of Naval Staff
  4. Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao –  Chief of Air Staff.

“President Buhari thanks the outgoing Service Chiefs for what he calls their ‘overwhelming achievements in our efforts at bringing enduring peace to our dear country,’ wishing them well in their future endeavours

“The President congratulates the new Service Chiefs, and urges them to be loyal and dedicated in the discharge of their responsibilities.”

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